Seven Excelera member pharmacists earn the exclusive ‘Certified Specialty Pharmacist’ certification

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The Excelera Specialty Pharmacy Network, a national network of specialty pharmacies based at health systems and academic medical centers, is proud to announce seven pharmacists have recently earned the exclusive Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) certification from the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board (SPCB).

Excelera Specialty Pharmacy network

A national network of leading health systems and academic medical centers with specialty pharmacy capabilities which provide comprehensive care to complex patients at the point of care.

The CSP certification is definitely a differentiator for the pharmacist and their company as these pharmacists are gaining visibility as experts in one of the fastest growing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry.

The newly certified pharmacists are:

Jennifer Craig, PharmD, CSP - Banner Family Pharmacy
Jill Paslier, PharmD, CSP - Banner Family Pharmacy
Kami Nolan, PharmD, CSP - CHI Health
Derek Bergquist, PharmD, MBA, CSP - Fairview Pharmacy Services
Kevin Weckwerth, RPh, CSP - Fairview Pharmacy Services
Elina Baskina, PharmD, CSP - Keck Medicine of USC Specialty Pharmacy
Chad Mentele, PharmD, CSP - UnityPoint at Home

Unlike licensure, which is state-specific and non-voluntary, certification is provided at a national level and is usually voluntary. By passing the CSP assessment, pharmacy professionals not only display their aptitude in each specialized task, but also their expertise in specialty pharmacy. The CSP credential is a key indicator to employers, manufacturers, patients, payers, other healthcare providers, and the public at large, that a professional is an expert in specialty pharmaceuticals which are handled in almost every practice setting including community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, infusion centers and mail order.

"The CSP certification is definitely a differentiator for the pharmacist and their company," said Gaurang J. Gandhi, PharmD, MHA, CSP, SPCB president, "as these pharmacists are gaining visibility as experts in one of the fastest growing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, which also provides additional visibility and interest in the field."

“We congratulate the newest CSPs in the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy network, and will continue to promote the value of this certification to our members,” said Amanda Fadden, vice president of network operations at ExceleraRx Corp. "Thirty-one pharmacists, or nearly 10% of all CSPs, are in the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy network, which is a testament to the caliber of the pharmacists within our network as well as a professional validation of their special training and competency in the specialty pharmacy field."

About SPCB
The SPCB is an independent, not-for-profit entity dedicated to promoting the specialty pharmacist’s unique responsibility, maintaining the highest quality standards, and advocating for professional development to ensure that specialty patients receive appropriate care now and in the future. Visit the SPCB website for more information.

About Excelera
ExceleraRx Corp. supports the Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network, a national network of specialty pharmacies based at health systems and academic medical centers, enabling member organizations to gain access to limited distribution drugs and restricted payer agreements. The Excelera network provides national-scale efficiency and collaboration to improve quality and value of outpatient specialty drug therapy for population health outcomes. Excelera’s mission is to “provide tools, technology and best practices around high-performing specialty pharmacy capabilities to network members, so that they can provide integrated, coordinated care to complex patients at the point-of-care leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs.” For a current list of Excelera specialty pharmacy network members, or for more information about becoming a member of the Excelera national specialty pharmacy network, visit excelerarx.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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